COUTURE BRIDALWEAR. Couture designers such as John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood often work in half-scale when generating ideas for garments that use a lot of cloth. As a feature of this beginners bridal-wear course, you will make your own half-scale tailors dummy and use it to create a vintage style, portfolio-size, wedding dress.
The first three days of the course will focus around making your dummy. You will visit the college library to explore volumes of 1940s, 50s and 60s Vogue and learn how to use simple fashion design development techniques to articulate your ideas. Later in the week you will work on a series of sewn samples as you learn to stitch by hand and machine, the different types of seams and finishes used on popular bridal-wear fabrics today.
The second week will start with an introduction to basic pattern cutting techniques, toile production and modelling on the stand. You will adapt standard half-scale patterns to the specifications of your own design; make a calico toile, fit it to your own tailor's dummy and once perfected, use this toile to create your final paper pattern. Towards the end of the week we will visit the shops on Berwick Street where you will be advised on the best fabrics for your design. You will carry out stitch and garment construction tests to establish what linings and interlinings to use and will spend the last week of the course concentrating entirely on making your finished dress. You will be introduced to different decorative techniques such as beading and appliqué; learn how to insert an invisible zip and how to use 'Rigelene' and 'Crin' for shaping and extra support.
Technical support on the college industrial sewing machines is available for the duration, therefore no previous experience is needed for this course, which is perfect for fashion students wishing to embark on a career in bridal-wear. Please note that you will not be making a full-scale or corseted wedding dress on this course.
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